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Product Details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933550244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933550244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely love this book. His views of the economy are dead on but unfortunately I don't see a scenario where his policies and views will ever be taken completely seriously. The current economic policy of the US will eventually cause an economic collapse. The people who benefit most from currency debasement know this and are positioning their assets accordingly while still hyping the US dollar which is destined to fail under current policy. I just hope the publisher doesn't print too many copies of the book out of thin air and debase my book!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joao Cortez on March 24, 2009
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Finally, a man I would love to see as the president of the United States - the world would certainly be a more safer, peaceful, wealthy, prosperous and free! I would also be very glad if my country (Portugal) would take him as prime-minister!

Ron Paul is a strong constitutionalist and advocate for the free market, individual liberty, sound money, small government and small taxation. How the US Founding Fathers would feel ashamed today to observe what the government has become and how the constitution has been systematically violated and corrupted.

It's quite remarkable to see how Ron Paul has managed to stay so consistent, so perseverant, so determined to stand for the ideals of freedom against all the deficitary, inflationary, big spending, big meddling, highly interventionist, highly corrupt, highly corporatism form of US government.

The only downside of the book is that it's rather long, and it repeats itself several times (a proof of consistency :)).
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I'm relatively new to politics, and the 2008 election sparked my interest. Sadly, I did not support Ron Paul during this election. It was because I was naive, but more importantly, because I did not understand Ron Paul's positions. I have since wised up, and I sure hope he runs again.

The recent financial crisis flung me into many articles and books that I otherwise would not have read. As is obvious, the Austrian view is the only one that explains the 2008 financial crisis, let alone makes any sense. I starting reading articles on LRC, Mises and books such as Meltdown and Economics in One Lesson. After learning the truth about the Federal Reserve, I opted to read my first Ron Paul book: End the Fed. It was a brilliant and concise argument for sound money. I had never heard of free market money or the values of commodity-based money. Truth tends to ring true, but why didn't I learn these things earlier? Why didn't my own school at least MENTION this free-market view of money? Why, with all the attention I paid to the '08 campaign, did I not know more about Ron Paul's history and positions? I dug deeper. I then read The Revolution: A Manifesto. Admittedly, there were some facts I was hesitant to accept, mostly regarding foreign policy. It took a bit longer, but Ron Paul has fully convinced me.

This book contains statements and positions of Ron Paul's since the late 1970's. It's stunning that a "politician" is so consistent and principled. Especially in light of what all of these government interventions of done to country and economy, it's amazing to see how RIGHT Ron Paul has been for so long. He's warned us for decades about what would happen and nobody seems to listen. This book will convince you more then ever that peace and prosperity come through liberty.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ron Paul on January 14, 2009
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"I decided to run for Congress because of the disaster of wage and price controls imposed by the Nixon administration in 1971. When the stock market responded euphorically to the imposition of these controls and the closing of the gold window, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many other big business groups gave enthusiastic support, I decided that someone in politics had to condemn the controls, and offer the alternative that could explain the past and give hope for the future: the Austrian economists' defense of the free market. At the time I was convinced, like Ludwig von Mises, that no one could succeed in politics without serving the special interests of some politically powerful pressure group.

Although I was eventually elected, in terms of a conventional political career with real Washington impact, he was absolutely right. I have not developed legislative influence with the leader- ship of the Congress or the administration. Monies are deliberately deleted from routine water works bills for my district because I do not condone the system, nor vote for any of the appropriations.
My influence, such as it is, comes only by educating others about the rightness of the free market.

The bipartisanship of the last 50 years has allowed our government to gain control over half of the income of most Americans. Being enslaved half the time is hardly a good compromise. But supporters of the political status quopoint out that, in spite of the loss of personal freedom, the country continues to thrive in many ways.

But there are some serious questions that we as a people must answer:
Is this prosperity real?
Will it be long-lasting?
What is the cost in economic terms?
Have we sacrificed our liberties for government security?
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Ron Paul, an eleven-term congressman from Texas, is the leading advocate of freedom in our nation's capital. He has devoted his political career to the defense of individual liberty, sound money, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Judge Andrew Napolitano calls him "the Thomas Jefferson of our day." After serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, Dr. Paul moved to Texas to begin a civilian medical practice, delivering over four thousand babies in his career as an obstetrician. He served in Congress from 1976 to 1984, and again from 1996 to the present. He and Carol Paul, his wife of fifty-one years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.Ron Paul, the New York Post once wrote, is a politician who "cannot be bought by special interests." "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles," added a congressional colleague. "Ron Paul is one of those few."

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